Friday, December 11, 2015

#REVIEW #BLOG TOUR "Whispers in the Reading Room" Chicago World Fair Mystery #3 by Shelley Gray


Whispers in the Reading Room (Zondervan, November 2015)

A mysterious patron catches the librarian's eye-and perhaps her heart-in @ShelleySGray's newest historical fiction!

Lydia's job at the library is her world---until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.

Just months after the closure of the Chicago World's Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.

Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.

Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn't merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.

Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks-the man so many people fear-is actually everything her heart believes him to be.

They're the unlikeliest of friends-but can Lydia REALLY trust Sebastian? New from @ShelleySGray! #ChrisFic

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My Take:
5 Stars!
As I started to read this book, I realized something, something that does not happen with every book we read, but only with those few special books, and this is one of them. I could REALLY relate to the feelings of this main character, Lydia. I could feel her anticipation hoping the man who had been coming and sitting there in the library she worked at would come back each day to read again and she could secretly see him. I could feel her embarrassment after a few silly little things had happened, such as a pile of books falling to the floor. I could feel her pain as her current boyfriend was hurting her and I could feel the thankfulness when this mystery man was trying to save her from him.
I have not read books 1 and 2, so I guess I’m cleaning up the Fair with the characters. You’ll still get to roam the streets with the characters together as they seem to be falling in love! This book is well worth the read! Romantic stories are always fun to read, but this book has a little mystery to it and they get accused of murder! No! You’ll have to come find out what happens to get them out, or IF they get off!
The Publisher, Zondervan, provided me with a print copy of this book for review purposes.

About the author: 

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio.

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